A Torii gate by lake in Hakone, Japan.

China & Japan Family Friendly Vacation: Electric City to the Great Wall

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

China, Japan

Places Visited

Tokyo, Kawagoe, Beijing, Xian

Suggested Duration

14 Days

Travel between the ancient temples and the modern skyscrapers, futuristic ambiances, and fantastical clay armies during your personalized family-friendly tour of China and Japan. Wander the streets of historical castles that once housed samurai and traverse a great distance along the captivating, winding walkway of the Great Wall of China. The enchanting snowcapped peak of Mount Fuji creates an impressive backdrop and vendors create typical, eclectic dishes along narrow lanes at the terminus of...

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the remarkable individual features of the impressive Terracotta Warriors inside the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of Mount Fuji’s iconic snowcapped cone from along the scenic shores of Lake Ashi in the town of Hakone
  • Relish a scenic cable car ride to the Great Wall of China in the Mutianyu Section to walk along a section of the historical defenses and unique towers
  • Stroll through the lively and distinctive ambiance of Tokyo’s new Toyosu Market to experience the vibrant fish, fruit, and vegetable stalls
  • Discover the heritage and history of Kawagoe town deriving from the classic Edo Era architecture including Candy Alley and remnants of Edo Castle
  • Explore the captivating grounds of the Forbidden City, once the home of two separate dynasties and 24 emperors at the heart of historic Beijing
  • Traverse the meandering narrow lanes of Xian’s Muslim Quarter for a different perspective on the blending of cultures from the historic Silk Road
  • Place a wish on the “Wishing Tree” inside the tranquil garden of the Meiji Shrine, encompassing 175 acres of forest, manicured greenery, and irises
  • Relish an evening viewing a Kung Fu performance in Beijing to witness the fluid, captivating movements resembling a mixture of ballet and combat

Detailed Description

Blend tradition and modernity, artisan works and contemporary arts during your 10-day family-oriented tour of China and Japan. Embark on a fascinating adventure into distinctive cultures spanning thousands of years of history. Travel from Tokyo, to Kawagoe, Hakone to Beijing, and Mutianyu to Xian for a discovery bound to intrigue the entire family. The eclectic architecture, array of folklore, and sensational preserved traditions create an unforgettable air carried beneath lavish skyscrapers and quiet restaurants decorated with customary wood beams for an electrifying contrast of cityscapes and countryside, elegant gardens and imposing tombs.

Your adventure begins with four nights in Tokyo, vivacious capital of Japan. The city embraces your family with an overload of sensory details with impressive heights and bright neon lights. Learn to navigate the transportation system with your guide as you explore the famous new fish market, shopping districts, and sacred temples, such as the Meiji Shrine. Use Tokyo as a base for venturing into the past at Kawagoe and the preserve Edo Era buildings. Learn the ways of the samurai and the former Japanese aristocracy, as well as viewing the architecture and sampling traditional, celebrated candies. Taking the Hakone Ropeway offers the family scenic views of the pristine slopes along Mount Fuji, as well as a spectacular panorama of the famous mountain peak. Enjoy a serene cruise on Lake Ashi for the complete bucolic experience.

Your time in China begins with your arrival in Beijing, the captivating capital city. Visiting the historic complex of the Forbidden City brings the prestige of the former dynasties to the forefront exemplified in the architecture, décor, and preserved grandeur of the masterful halls. On the outskirts of Beijing, the family can bask in the fantastic ambiance of the Great Wall of China at the Mutianyu section. A cable car ride offers a sensational view and easy access to the pathway while the terraces and shifting peaks showcase the intricate design, power, and length of the wall.

The city of Xian encompasses over two millennia of history along the famous Silk Road. The marvelous walls of the old city conjure images of warriors and monks, while the narrow lanes bring to light the persistent life maintained inside the ancient complex. Crown your trip with a guided tour of the Terracotta Army where the entire family will be swept into the grandeur of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb featuring the breathtaking collection of renowned Terracotta Warriors. 

Starting Price

$5,679 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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